It is one thing to know when your Stromanthe Triostar needs repotting, it is another thing to know how to repot the plant.
Repotting is often the trick you need to boost the growth of your Stromanthe Triostar because it is likened to giving your plant a fresh start in life. Fresh soil is fresh nutrients for your Stromanthe Triostar.
Most Stromanthe Triostar growers repot their plant for a number of reasons and they include: when the plant is root bound or has overgrown its present container when the plant is suffering from root rot, stunted growth of the plant, inappropriate soil mix, thick roots that have raised the plant out of the container, or severe pest infestation.
All of these reasons can warrant you repotting your Stromanthe Triostar but most growers are hesitant about repotting because of the woes that can come with a transplant shock.
It is very likely you are going to be anxious about repotting your Stromanthe Triostar because a couple of things could go wrong especially if the necessary steps are not taken and if the plant is wrongly repotted or transplanted.
Wrong repotting or transplant could lead to a change in foliage in appearance: the leaves would start turning yellow or start wilting (this is when the plant looks limp or starts to droop) or the plant may start experiencing stunted growth till it dies.
This can only happen when you are not equipped with the information needed before, during, and after repotting your Stromanthe Triostar. This is everything you need to know about repotting your Stromanthe Triostar.
How to safely repot Stromanthe Triostar
If you know and follow the right steps, repotting your Stromanthe Triostar should be a bit stress-free for you. We have provided the necessary steps to repotting your Stromanthe Triostar.
1. Get your tools ready
To repot your plant, all you need is a new pot (if the present container no longer fits the size of your plant), fresh soil, clean gloves, scissors, or a sharp knife, a good workspace, and clean water.
All your tools must be ready and easily accessible before you begin repotting your Stromanthe Triostar. All of these can be gotten from a nearby store.
2. Find the appropriate pot size for your Stromanthe Triostar
Choose a container that allows more room for the growth of your Stromanthe Triostar plant to grow but do not go overboard with your choice. In some cases, you may not have to change the pot especially if you just need fresh soil.
Ensure the pot chosen is well drilled to allow for easy drainage of water. This is helpful in preventing waterlogged soil that could lead to root rot.
3. Choose the appropriate soil mix for your plant
For Stromanthe Triostar, the best soil mix is organic soil. Loamy soil is the best soil mix for your Stromanthe Triostar.
You could make use of perlite moss or compost manure to improve the organic content of the soil. Avoid using fresh manure as it can burn the root system.
4. More Repotting Tips
Water the plant a bit to ensure it is moist before removing it from its container.
- Remove the plant from its former container by turning sideways and gently pulling it out from the bottom of the plant while still gently turning the container. If the Stromanthe Triostar is overgrown and root bound, do not cut or break the roots, rather cut across or break the container.
- Do not pull too much but gently remove part of the soil where the root is attached to. You have to remove most of the soil because you are going to make use of fresh soil.
- Gently detangle the roots of your plant as it is very delicate.
- Once the roots are no longer tight bound or tangled, measure and see how well it sits in the pots.
- While supporting the plant with your hand, pour soil around it and make sure it is evenly surrounded around the Stromanthe Triostar.
- Push down the soil around the plant and ensure the plant is not tilting to any side of the pot.
Water the plant and ensure the water drains through the soil.
Tips and mistakes to avoid when repotting
Repotting can be tricky and can do your Stromanthe Triostar more harm than good. There are certain factors that ensure your plant survives after it has been repotted.
In the same vein, there are also things you must avoid during and after repotting. They include;
- Avoid trimming the roots as this would reduce the growth of your Stromanthe Triostar.
- Do not break the roots of your Stromanthe Triostar.
- Do not use an undersized container to repot your Stromanthe Triostar; using a small pot would make you squeeze the roots of your plant which is unhealthy for your plant.
- Do not repot if your Stromanthe Triostar has just recovered from temperature/environmental shock.
- Do not remove all the soil from the root. Allow the roots to be attached to some soil while repotting.
- Do not fertilize your Stromanthe Triostar immediately after repotting.
- Do not repot the plant if the roots are dry; ensure they are moist but not soggy before transplanting.
- Avoid repotting your Stromanthe Triostar during extreme weather conditions like the peak of summer or winter. Spring is the best time to repot your plant.
- Do not abandon your Stromanthe Triostar immediately after repotting.
- If you are repotting because of root rot, only water the soil when the top of the soil is dry and ensure the container is well drilled with holes.
Follow the steps and tips to repot your Stromanthe Triostar and you should have a hitch-free journey. In case you notice a change in the foliage appearance of your plant after repotting, do not panic.
Give your Stromanthe Triostar plant time to recover from the transplant shock while tending to it and providing the basic requirements needed to survive.
Ensure it is watered adequately, kept in a humid environment, and placed in a location where it can receive bright but indirect sunlight.
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